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Pumpkin and Dogs

Pumpkin And Dogs🎃🐕💩

With fall approaching soon, (who am I kidding I am loving this warm weather!) most of us think of Halloween and pumpkins. But did you know that pumpkin can be really good for your dog? There are a few things to know before you start feeding pumpkin to your dog however.

First, you can feed cooked or canned pumpkin to your dog—if it’s 100% pumpkin with no added ingredients. Make sure you don’t accidentally grab the canned pumpkin pie filling. That contains sugar, which isn’t healthy for your pup, and usually nutmeg, which is toxic to dogs. SO BE SURE TO LOOK CLOSELY!

Secondly, you can not substitute canned pumpkin as your dog’s main source of nutrition. It can be added to their kibble in small amounts. One rule many dog owners go by is to feed their dogs one teaspoon daily per 10 pounds of body weight. Think of pumpkin puree or roasted pumpkin more as a snack or meal topper rather than a meal substitute. In addition, the skin of the pumpkin isn’t toxic to dogs but they can have a hard time digesting it.

Pumpkin can help support your dog’s digestive health. If your dog is ever constipated or has a bad case of diarrhea, a serving or two of pumpkin can help sort the issue out. Pumpkin is high in soluble fiber, which adds bulk to stools and promotes healthy gut bacteria, which can help with easing diarrhea in your dog. The high water content of the pumpkin and the high fiber content also helps keep the digestive process fully functional, thus aiding in constipation.

One thing to keep in mind is that raw pumpkin is not the same as canned or cooked pumpkin. While raw pumpkin won‘t hurt your dog, it‘s good to be aware that it‘s not particularly digestible, which could lead to tummy upset and bloating. However, the seeds are packed with antioxidants and make an excellent snack for dogs.

Another important fact about pumpkin is that it is a natural remedy for worms and parasites in dogs. Inside each pumpkin seed is cucurbitacin, an amino acid that can paralyze and eliminate parasites living in a dog‘s digestive tract. You may choose to use pumpkin as a natural alternative to vet-provided dewormers, especially if your dog has suffered uncomfortable side effects, such as an allergic reaction, vomiting, and diarrhea. But we would not recommend this as the only preventative method, only if really necessary. And you should consult your veterinarian for advice on the amount to feed etc.

To review, most times, canned or pureed pumpkin can make a healthy dog even healthier. On occasion, canned pumpkin serves as a laxative for constipation or bulking agent for dogs with diarrhea. Adding a little pumpkin to pet food or feeding him a pumpkin-based treat is a great way to add additional flavor to your dog’s palate. Canned pumpkin is one of the best ways to help your dog get his fill of this healthy vegetable. We always keep a few cans of pumpkin on hand in case we need it.

Cotten’s Sunset Kennels is here to help you with dog/cat boarding as well as various dog training options. Give us a call at 231-845-0550 to make a reservation for boarding or training. Our October Basic Obedience Class starts tonight and we are already taking reservations for our November class. When only the best will do!


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